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Code of Practice

The Governance Code is a Code of Practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations in Ireland.

Governance refers to how an organisation is run, directed and controlled. Good governance means an organisation will design and put in place policies and procedures that will make sure the organisation runs effectively.

The Governance Code is based on five main principles each with three sub-principles. For each principle there are recommended guidelines and actions on how to put that principle in place for your organisation.

To read our constitution, please click here.

Helium Arts meets the standards as set out in the Charities Governance Code to effectively manage and control the charity.

In order to achieve good governance Helium Arts has put in place systems and processes to ensure that Helium Arts achieves its charitable objectives with integrity and is managed in an effective, efficient, accountable and transparent way.

You can see Helium Arts annual governance reports on our page on the charity regulator website here. 

Further information is available by contacting

Helium Arts signed up to the Governance Code: Principles of Good Governance in September 2014 with a signed statement here: Helium Governance Code – Signed Principles Sheet

Our Annual Reports and Audited Accounts are available below:

2014 Helium Arts Accounts

2015 Annual Report & Audited Accounts

2016 Annual Reports & Audited Accounts

2017 Annual Reports & Audited Accounts

2018 Annual Reports & Audited Accounts

2019 Annual Reports & Audited Accounts

2020 Annual Report & Audited Accounts

2021 Annual Report & Audited Accounts

Commitment to Standards in Fundraising Practice

Helium Arts is fully committed to achieving the standards contained within the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.

The statement exists to:

– Improve fundraising practice

– Promote high levels of accountability and transparency by organisations fundraising from the public.

– Provide clarity and assurances to donors and prospective donors about the organisations they support.

Helium Arts’ reports on our fundraising activities are available in our most recent Audited Accounts and Annual Report above.

We at Helium Arts have considered the Statement and believe we meet the standards it sets out. Where we have not complied with the Statement we have provided an explanation in our Fundraising Compliance Statement

We welcome your feedback on our performance via the contact information provided below.

See our Feedback and Complaints Procedure in our Fundraising Compliance Statement.

Helene Hugel,
CEO/Artistic Director

Child Safeguarding Statement

In July 2019, Helium Arts published a new Child Safeguarding Statement, in compliance with the Children First Act 2017. You can read our Child Safeguarding Statement here.

Privacy Policy

At Helium Arts we’re committed to protecting your privacy, ensuring that your data receives the highest standards of security and confidentiality. All Helium’s data protection activities comply with the requirements of the relevant Irish legislation, namely the Irish Data Protection Act (1988), and the Irish Data Protection (Amendment) Act (2003), as well as European-wide legislation under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), 2018. 

Helium Arts Data Protection Policy outlines our processes for collecting and protecting your data. 

Artists Pay and Conditions

As Ireland’s national children’s arts and health organisation and strategically funded by the Arts Council, Helium Arts has a responsibility to not only produce work of the highest quality but also to respect, acknowledge and nurture the human, artistic talent that contributes to the making of great work.

We aspire to be a leader and uphold the best-practice principles set out in the Arts Council’s policy on the fair and equitable remuneration and contracting of artists.

Please read our policy on Artists Pay and Conditions here.

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Helium Arts is a registered charity and compliant with the requirements of the Charities Regulator, the national regulatory authority for charities in Ireland


CHY Number: 19236
Registered Charity Number (RCN): 20075200
Companies Registration Office: 486621


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22 Pearse Street
Co. Westmeath
N91 VYP0



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